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Spend and Vote lets consumers vent their anger and make it count.

Remember how Walgreens was shamed into not moving its headquarters overseas and joining the corporate tax-dodging "inversion" movement? Walgreens' customers threatened to take their business elsewhere and the company backed away from its move.

Now Burger King is attempting to do the same thing by buying donut maker Tim Hortons and moving the company headquarters to Canada.

By doing so, it will avoid paying a lot of U.S. taxes and the burden will fall upon the citizens of the United States to make up.  Meanwhile, Burger King will keep raking in the money from U.S. sales.  They get to have it their way.

Or do they?

If enough people decide to stop eating at Burger King because of its unpatriotic move, perhaps the company will reconsider just like Walgreens did.  Consumer action may be the only weapon that can work as corporations have neutralized the government by purchasing gridlock in Washington, DC.

So here's a tool to help do that.  It's called Spend and Vote.  It's simple. Just use it to report every time you eat someplace instead of eating at Burger King.  Spend and Vote keeps track of the dollars Burger King is losing and puts up the score.

Of course if you think corporations should have the right to leave the country to avoid paying taxes but still get the benefits of doing business in the U.S. you can vote the other way too and give your business to Burger King because of their corporate drive to legally exploit tax loopholes.  Spend and Vote keeps track of that too.

Try it out and encourage your friends here and on Facebook to do the same.

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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    Video can be the most believable medium. Use it to tell the truth. Help us do so at www.theuptake.org

    by mmcintee on Thu Aug 28, 2014 at 12:20:44 PM PDT

  •  More like the outcry was heard by... (1+ / 0-)
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    NormAl1792

    ...Walgreen's merger partner Boots-Alliance, whose agreement didn't allow for inversion, and weren't open to revising it.

    But don't let that stop you...

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Thu Aug 28, 2014 at 12:23:49 PM PDT

  •  Or we could take a serious look at fixing the i... (5+ / 0-)

    Or we could take a serious look at fixing the insanely stupid taxes in this country. As far as I know this is the only country that taxes income from out of the country. Businesses are forced to pay taxes twice, once in the country where the money was earned and again here. Contrary to how people make these inversions sound burger king or anyone else will still have to pay taxes on any profit made in the USA. Just not on foreign profit.

    I mean really, when there can be a significant tax savings made by moving to a far more socialist country such as Canada or a European union nation than we jave some things to fix.

    Ofc if any congressman or senator was to propose fixing this they will just be demonized as trying to cut taxes for the rich. There are times when partisanship hurts the country far more than a little realism.

  •  I'll redouble my not eating there . (2+ / 0-)
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    NormAl1792, nzanne

    I'll not eat there twice as much .
    Instead of not eating there everyday ,
    I'll not eat there twice daily or more .

    "please love deeply...openly and genuinely." A. M. H.

    by indycam on Thu Aug 28, 2014 at 12:37:59 PM PDT

  •  Yeah, it's hard for me to (0+ / 0-)

    ...eat at Burger King any less than I already do, which is to say, maybe twice in the last 20 years.

  •  Burger King could do something to make up for this (1+ / 0-)
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    AnnieR

    I'll stop eating at BK, but since I so rarely eat there, it won't mean much.

    But if BK were to take its tax savings as a result of the inversion and use that money to increase the wages it pays to its minimum and low-wage workers, rather than to further enrich its executives and shareholders, I'd go there a lot!

  •  I hate BK and I hate tax inversions, but.... (2+ / 0-)
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    VClib, Van Van Horn

    ...this is not a good example of one. In fact, even if tax inversions were outlawed, this one would still fly.

    Tim Horton's, which is the company BK purchased, is not some fly-by-night fake. It is in fact a larger international business and now a majority of BK's revenue will come from this enterprise. Moving to where it is based is not an illogical move.

    Inversions are when a company enters into some BS deal with a small company of little strategic significance for tax purposes. BK purchased a major corporation that expands its business lines and its global reach, as well as adding billions of its revenue stream. This kind of deal is legit, as is going to Canada. (And no doubt, the tax issue played a role in that decision, but going where your biggest business is based could never be outlawed.)

  •  Burger King will pay attention to its gross sal... (2+ / 0-)
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    jrfrog, AnnieR

    Burger King will pay attention to its gross sales, not to these announcements. Only if their bottom line suffers more than the taxes they save will they abort their inversion.

    Time for In and Out burgers, an American company that pays employees well.

  •  If Corperation chooses to move it's headquarters (1+ / 0-)
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    AnnieR

    out of reach of American Tax Laws, they should immediately lose their right to be "persons." They should no longer be considered American citizens.

    •  drmah - BK will pay the same US taxes on its US (0+ / 0-)

      operations. Unfortunately 98% of the people writing diaries on the Burger King transaction know absolutely nothing about US corporate income taxes and what the real impact of this merger will be. The author's diary is completely wrong as it relates to BK's US tax liability post merger.

      "let's talk about that" uid 92953

      by VClib on Thu Aug 28, 2014 at 07:57:01 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Not the best use of time and energy (0+ / 0-)

    This is not a good case to put time and energy into. The vast majority of Burger King's stores are franchised, so the local owners are paying taxes on the business done at those stores. Even after BK moves their corporate offices to Canada they will still be paying taxes on their US operations, which is how just about every other country on earth treats the local operations of an international company.

    The only taxes that will be lost to the US are those on foreign earnings, the corporate profit on BK stores (and now Tim Horton's, of course) located outside the US.

    And unlike some inversions, where the headquarters will shift to a really low tax country like Ireland or the Caymans, BK is moving to Canada where the taxes really aren't that much lower.

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